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Coach also makes his Final Four picks

BOSTON, Massachusetts  --  The finalists for 2013 Don Meyer National Coach of the Year award were announced on Monday. Donnie Bostwick, the second year Head Coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, is among the 15 finalists being considered.

A week ago in Kansas City, national champion Georgetown College’s Chris Briggs was introduced as this year’s Rawlings NAIA National Coach of the Year.

The Don Meyer award is presented annually to the top NAIA men's basketball coach. The award is named in honor of the one game's winningest coaches.

In February of 2010 Meyer announced his retirement from coaching but continues at Northern State in the role of Regents Distinguished Professor and Assistant to the President. In 38 seasons at Hamline, Lipscomb and Northern State, he compiled an astounding 923-324 records.

The 2013 award will be presented on April 5 at the awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.

Bostwick led SAGU to the NAIA national championship game this season, a year in which the Lions compiled a 33-5 record. All five setbacks came to teams that qualified for the national tournament.

The Lions were 6-5 against teams ranked at the end of the season. Including the regular season, SAGU had a 12-5 mark against teams who were ranked or receiving votes at the time they played.

In two seasons with Boswick at the helm, SAGU is 60-16, a winning percent of .789. He played and was an assistant coach at John Brown University (Ark).

Prior to his arrival in Waxahachie, his Oklahoma Wesleyan University teams racked up a record of 120-20 in four seasons, including one national crown. His current career mark is 180-36 in six years.

The finalists include:

Kyle Blankenship (LSU Shreveport, La)
Donnie Bostwick (SAGU, Tx)
Chris Briggs (Georgetown College, Ky)
Tommy Brown (Lee University, Tn)
Bob Burchard (Columbia College, Mo)
Bill Czech (Hope International, Cal)
Shawn Huse (Montana State-Northern, Mt)
Steve Knight (William Carey University, Miss)
Rocky Lamar (MidAmerica Nazarene University, Ks)

Paul Peck (Lindsey Wilson College, Ky)
Brandon Rinta (Lewis-Clark State College, Id)
Jim Sanderson (Faulkner University, Ala)
Jack Schrader (Culver-Stockton College, Mo)
Doug Tolin (Oklahoma Baptist University, Ok)
Sam Weaver (Philander Smith College, Ark)

Coach Bostwick was named the Red River Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in March. The Lions won the regular season championship with a 20-2 record, two games ahead of LSU-Shreveport (18-4) and the University of St. Thomas (18-4).

SAGU had a 17-game winning streak during the regular season and posted a stirring 4-0 mark at the NAIA national tournament, including a big win over No. 2 ranked Lindsey Wilson College in the semi-finals. They came up short in the finals to Georgetown.

The Lions were 14-2 at home, 14-1 on the road and 5-2 in tournament settings.

Bostwick, along with his two assistant coaches, Garrett Jones and Kyle Tucker, will be in Atlanta this weekend for the National Association of Basketball Coaches (which all levels of collegiate hoops) for the NABC Annual Convention. It coincides with the NCAA’s Final Four.

When asked who he will be rooting for, he said “Wichita State is my underdog pick. But I think Michigan is a team of destiny after watching the KU (Kansas) game.”

Syracuse faces Michigan and Louisville takes on Wichita State in the semi-finals on Saturday night. The championship game is set for Monday.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.

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